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" Secrets of Exciting Chords & Chord Progressions!"


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- Week 16 -

 Chord Suspensions


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    Suspensions are chords in which the 4th degree of the scale takes the place of the 3rd degree -- usually temporarily, but not always. For example, a Csus would look like this:

Csus piano chord


     Fsus would look like this:

Fsus piano chord


     Gsus would look like this:

Gsus piano chord


    If we had a 7th chord that was suspended, such as G7sus, it would look like this:

G7sus piano chord


     So F7sus would look like this:

F7 suspension piano chord


     And C7sus would look like this:

C7 suspension piano chord

     It's just that easy. Replace the 3rd of the chord with the 4th, and you've got it! That's all there is to it.

     Here's how these same chords look when notated:

Sheet music notation of suspensions -- piano chords

     Next time we'll investigate altered chords. See you then.

     Meanwhile, be sure to review all the previous lessons -- from major triads to 13ths.


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